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Princess Princess is a really classy, 8-year-old, 14.3-hand dark sorrel mare mule that has excellent conformation. She has a big smooth hip, broad front end, clean neck and beautiful head. She is out of a good quarter mare and sired by the great jack Horseshoe Hills Colonel. I love all of the mules out of the Colonel and she is no exception.

She has been used extensively for trail riding, coon hunting, hog hunting, penning cattle in the stockyard and ranch work. She has a really nice handle, rides one-handed, super soft in the bridle, walks/trots/lopes circles, takes both leads, sidepasses and has a really nice turn around. Princess loves attention and will be one of the first to be caught. She is easy to shoe and clip. She stands good to be mounted. She will suit any level of rider and is 100% safe and sound She is really an outstanding mule and will make you an excellent lifetime trail riding partner.

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6 Over the Back Fence by Sue Cole 8 Letters From the Other Side 12 Mule Crossing by Meredith Hodges 14 Granny’s Adventure Continues by Anna Arnold 18 Sequoia National Park by Angie Mayfield 22 Training Your Mule for Mounted Archery by Brandy Von Holten

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26 John Muir Wilderness by Angie Mayfield 30 Front Cover Story - A Second Career for Two Great Mules 33 Classified Ads 35 Here’s My Card 35 When Mules Ruled the Farm by Lonnie Thiele 36 My First Trip to Wyoming & Jake Clark Mule Days by Camri Jones

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40 Donkey Welfare Symposium by Karen Kirsch

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42 Remembering Ben by Audrey Beggs 44 Missouri Mule Makeover Updates 46 Association News 47 Show Results 48 Calendar of Events 50 Cook’s Corral by Luann Sewell Waters

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Over The Back Fence by Sue Cole Missouri, like most of the other states in July, is experiencing extremely hot (and humid) temperatures. Unless you let your mules stand in the barn in front of a fan during the day, like Cori does, most of them are probably standing under a shade tree, sweating. Many of us are spoiled by air conditioning. Recently I had the opportunity to visit an Amish community where air conditioning isn’t an option, and doesn’t seemed to be missed. A group of friends, most of them from the church I attend, recently suggested we go on a ‘mystery’ trip, which I volunteered to plan; there was eight of us, mostly all senior citizens (we’re the ones who don’t work full time). I didn’t let anyone know where we were going. We started out going to a Cracker Barrel in Columbia for breakfast, where Virginia Bertz from Higginsville joined our group. After the coffee pot was finally drained we shopped a little and then loaded up and headed north to Clark, the Amish community I am familiar with. Gene and I had traveled there a number of times over the years to buy mule shoes. Our first stop was at the weekly produce auction, where we loaded up both vehicles with vine-ripe tomatoes, cantaloupe, other vegetables and plants. The temperature was in the 90’s, but the building had the sides open and there was a nice breeze. We watched some of the large quantities of produce being auctioned off before traveling on to the local Amish stores. We were able to watch a lot of farming in the fields as we traveled the gravel roads. The gardens were beautiful and completely free of weeds with youngsters to grandparents working side by side. Baked goods found their way on top of the produce we had purchased when we finally decided we had better head back south. We stopped in Columbia for a late, leisurely lunch before parting from Virginia and heading to our individual homes. The ladies have asked that I plan another trip in the fall, so it seems they had an enjoyable day. I do have some other places here in Missouri I would like to share with them, so plans are being made for another Mystery Trip. We have added a new staff writer this month, as my great-granddaughter Camri has related her story about her trail ride in Wyoming before going to Jake Clark’s Auction in Ralston. Camri had been riding Josie for several months at her Grandpa Loren’s, and Josie ended up being the high-selling mule at the auction this year. The trip was a wonderful experience for Camri and she is already talking about going back next year. She has been sharing many stories and photos since she came home, and talking about the people she had the opportunity to meet. This week is the Great Celebration Mule & Donkey Show in Shelbyville, Tenn. I really miss being able to attend this show, and visiting all the friends I have made there over the years. There is still a lot of mule and donkey activities advertised in this issue, so get the trailer ready, the animals cleaned up and enjoy some of the things on your bucket list. 6 • August 2018

The ‘mystery trip’ ladies group

BRIANNA DEMOSS with Bonnie, COLE BASHAM with Betty and LOREN BASHAM with April at the Dixon Saddle Club Mule Show in Dixon, Mo., in June

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I’m sending some pictures of my Belgian mules, George and Gracie, they are 22 and 23 years old. I purchased these wonderful mules in 1999. They were raised by Wes and Judy Coffel of Mound City, Kansas and were featured for sale in in, I believe, your June or July 1998 issue of Mules and More. I visited with Wes about purchasing them at that time. I had another team of white mules and thought about a 4-Up, but I passed up buying them. Later that year one of my white mules died. I called Wes and they were sold, no other information given. When I received the next issue there was an ad for sale a team of 16 hand white mules. I purchased George and Gracie from Dodge dealer in Waynesville, Missouri. This was a round trip of 1,920 miles in May 5, 1999. The mules had been traded in on a new pickup and they were 3 and 4 years old. I have driven these mules for 19 years, Wow! What a wonderful experience, 20 to 37 events each year. We’ve been to lots of parades, weddings, town celebrations, etc. Originally George and Gracie pulled our red, white and blue trolley, our John Deere covered wagon and the Santa sleigh. Four years ago we purchased a Cinderella carriage, which originally came from Florida. After some updates, including enclosing one side, putting a door on the other side and adding extra seating. We now do parades, weddings and anniversaries with it. This is lots of fun! I hope I can get ten more years out of George and Gracie, we’ll see. –Ted and Jan Curfman, Curfman’s Critters, Goose Lake Ranch, Thief River Falls, Minn.

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I’m sending this picture of Kaden Garoutte from, Aurora, Mo. moving cattle using his white mule, about 2002. --Robert Garoutte, Aurora 8 • August 2018

TED CURFMAN with George and Gracie, 22 and 23 years young

George and Gracie with the Cinderella Carriage in June 2018

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Here is my subscription renewal. I am documenting my little mule’s year-long battle with Cushings disease. My vet says it is pretty rare for a 13-year-old mule to have it. Luckily she is responding well and I plan to submit a short article about her experience after July. ---Ronita McGill, Camp Verde, Ariz. Editor’s Note: Ronita, we are anxious to read about how you and your mule coped and overcame Cushings disease.



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August 31 - September 1-2, 2018 Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield, Mo.


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Brent Stovall and his Mollie mules Emma and Clare. “They are quite special to him!” said BRENT’S wife Diane

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We had an error in our July 2018 issue containing the 2018 Bishop Mule Days show results. The Youth Single Driver Championship should have read:

Clayton Hursch, Sr.

2018 Bishop Mule Days Youth Single Driver Shelby Simonis and Greta; Reserve Cade Peek and Abby Shelby Simonis, Brownsville, Oregon, is 15 years old and is the daughter of Jim Simonis. This was Shelby’s first time showing at this level, and she had competed in 4H previously. “Her mule is homegrown and really suited to driving,” said Joyce Stratton, Scio, Ore. “They did amazing in all of their classes!” SHELBY SIMONIS and Greta

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Clayton L. Hursh Sr., 69, of Auburn, Ind. died June 20 at a Fort Wayne, Ind. medical center. He was born April 6, 1949 in Auburn. Clayton served his country during Vietnam in the U.S. Army. He worked at Bohn Aluminum, The Andersons, and was a lifetime farmer. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Auburn, Knights of Columbus and the DeKalb County Horsemen’s Association. He was a volunteer for 4-H Double Trees and former instructor of 4-H shooting sports. Clayton and Joan Deininger were married May 6, 1972, she survives in Auburn. He is also survived by two daughters, Tammy K. (Michael) Bennett, Auburn and Carrie A. (Keith) Gillenwater of Wabash; one son, Clayton L. Hursh Jr. of Auburn; three grandchildren, and one sister. A Mass of Christian Burial was June 25 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Auburn, with burial following in the Auburn Catholic Cemetery. Clayton was given his final ride in a horse drawn caisson pulled by his Haflingers.

For Sale A beautiful molly mule, 14.2 hands, 23 years old. Only adults have ridden her. Not broke to work, but possibly done this summer. Easy to catch. $5,000 obo For more information

Robert Garoutte 18159 Lawr 2175 Aurora, MO 65605 (417)229-3043 10 • August 2018

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Donkey Welfare Symposium

Donkey Welfare Symposium October 26-28, 2018 At University California Davis Brought to you by the UCD Science Department and The Donkey Sanctuary

Friday, October 26: Donkey behavior clinic by Ben Hart, of Hart’s Horsemanship and the Donkey Sanctuary: This will be an eight hour detailed course in donkey behavior, starting with lectures on donkey behavior and learning, and including hands-on demonstrations of basic donkey training, hoof handling, and treatment of behavioral problems. Gema Lilly, donkey dentist for the Donkey Sanctuary will discuss getting donkeys use to accepting dental procedures. In depth course on behavior shaping, theory and practice, including lecture, demonstration, and hands on exercises, given by noted donkey behaviorist, Ben Hart of Sidmouth, UK. Meet and greet barbecue at the Animal Science Horse barn. Beer, wine, and live music!

Topics for enthusiasts:

• Conservation of European donkey breeds

• Harness construction and fitting • The history of donkeys in North America • Mule and donkey behavior and aggression • The genetics of donkey intelligence and cognition • The Death Valley wild burro project • Changing attitudes about donkeys in China • Discussions of donkey welfare projects in India, China, and Africa Topics for professionals: • Veterinary care in a large hospital in Fez, Morocco, the American Fonduk • Tropical diseases of donkeys in Egypt: unique treatments that we could use in USA • Research abstracts – the latest in donkey science • Donkey cognition research • Ophthalmology • Discussion by veterinary practitioners on interesting donkey cases and how they were treated

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Saturday, October 27: Two lecture tracks: One directed at donkey enthusiasts and owners, the other a more technical one for veterinarians and animal scientists. All attendees are welcome to select the lectures that they wish to attend. Meet the speaker and ask questions dinner party. Sunday, October 28: Donkey welfare judging competition.

Demonstration of trained BLM donkeys. Erick Lynn and Ross Keller training clinic – training donkeys to pack, handle their feet, and be a good companion. Driving donkeys and basic harness making. Donkey reproduction wet lab. BLM Burro adoption event.

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MULE CROSSING: Introduction to Behavior Modification, Part 1 by Meredith Hodges, Loveland, Colo.

“Throughout history, mules and donkeys have been pegged as being stubborn and therefore stupid, but I have found just the opposite to be true. They are intelligent, sensitive animals, and they have a particularly strong survival instinct. They’ll go to great lengths to avoid danger or what they perceive as danger, and the process of training a mule or donkey is the process of earning their trust.” —Meredith Hodges When I began working with mules and donkeys, I quickly realized there would be no shortcuts to successful training. I steered clear of fads, trends and shortcuts and, instead, based my training program on Behavior Modification techniques developed by world-famous behaviorist B.F. Skinner over a century ago. For many years now, I have used these techniques to successfully train my own champion mules and donkeys, and I continue to share my method with millions of people through my books, an award-winning DVD series, multiple television shows, my comprehensive website and on Social Media. The techniques presented here work well with not only mules and donkeys, but also with horses and any other trainable animals (and even humans). The program is designed to be resistance free, and the goal is—and always has been—to help people get the best performance and most enjoyment from their animals and to insure that the animal receives the best treatment possible.

Behavior Modification Basics

As a young adult I worked as a psychiatric technician at Sonoma and Napa State Hospitals in California, and the Behavior Modification techniques I learned at that time proved

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ideal for my later equine training purposes for two major reasons: ˚The system in which the trainer sets performance goals and rewards positive behavior leading to achievement of those goals encourages “good” behavior instead of using fear-inducing punishment to suppress “bad” behavior. ˚The step-by-step approach that builds gradually on learned skills gives the animal a sense of security and achievement that encourages trust and helps minimize resistance. Animals, like humans, need a predictable routine in order to learn. Just as children progress through grade school, building on their knowledge with each successive grade, animals learn best when a solid foundation is laid for each new skill. By creating a logical program from the outset, we avoid the confusion that can lead to resistance. These levels of achievement are at the heart of Behavior Modification as a training tool. Acceptable levels of behavior must be defined at each level of training, beginning with the simplest of expectations and working forward. At each level the animal must accomplish certain tasks, and each accomplishment must be acknowledged and reinforced. Also note that it is critical—especially if you are working with a mule or donkey—that you, the owner, participate in the training process. Mules and donkeys develop a strong bond with their trainer, and if they’ve learned from someone else, their performance for you may suffer in the long run. It is also advisable to consult with an experienced trainer in your area, and if you are working with my Training Mules and Donkeys training series, I am just a phone call away.

Reinforcing Behaviors

Everything we do, every behavior we choose, is based on an instinctual desire to experience pleasure and avoid pain. Our choices reflect our experience. They are “reinforced” by the pain or pleasure they have given us in the past. Behavior Modification uses the same principles of positive and negative reinforcement with an emphasis on positive reinforcement. In training, positive reinforcement is delivered in the form of rewards. We know that an equine, when rewarded for per-

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forming a certain task, will be willing to perform it again in anticipation of another reward. Note, however, that positive reinforcement is not bribery. The reward is not given as an inducement to perform the task, but as a reward for a task completed. The reward should be something the animal loves and will consistently work for, yet something that is nutritionally sound. In the case of equines, rolled or crimped oats work far better than rich snacks full of empty calories and are healthier for your equine. Positive reinforcement also takes the form of verbal cues. When your animal performs the desired behavior, you should, simultaneously and with appropriate enthusiasm, say the word, “Good!” This works well when it isn’t possible to give a food reward right away. Clicker training, which has become a popular and effective means of audible reinforcement, is similar and applies the same concept. It’s immediate, it’s consistent, and it can be used with all mules, donkeys and horses to reinforce behavior. However, I feel that it is better to use your voice than a clicker, as the sound of your voice promotes engagement with your equine on a more intimate level, so your voice will yield better results than clicker training. Negative reinforcement is used not to punish the animal but to encourage them to make a better choice. Negative reinforcement should be brief, to the point and used sparingly. It should never be of long duration or given arbitrarily. Negative reinforcement, such as a slap or a loud “No!” shouldn’t be used so often that it makes the animal unresponsive altogether. Remember that reinforcement by its very definition always strengthens behavior. Punishment is used to suppress behavior and may trigger other undesirable behaviors. B.F. Skinner himself said that positive reinforcement may take more patience, because the effect is slightly deferred, yet it can be as effective as negative reinforcement and has fewer unwanted residual behaviors. When you begin training, you will have to give a verbal and food reward every time the animal performs a desired response. Still, negative reinforcement is necessary to define boundaries. As your equine learns certain behaviors, you can reinforce the learned behaviors less frequently and focus on frequently rewarding new achievements. Gradually, your animal will

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become satisfied with a verbal reinforcement for established behaviors, and he will comply for longer periods between food rewards. This shift from a predictable, or fixed, schedule of reinforcement to a variable schedule helps with skill progression. For example, in the transition from lunging when your animal was initially given a reward after each set of rotations in the round pen, to riding, he can eventually be ridden through his entire 30 to 40 minute session before receiving a reward. Beware of the “delayed gratification” phenomenon, however. If your animal suspects that it will be too long before he receives a reward, he may be reluctant to even begin. Often a quick reward for a simple task at the beginning of a lesson is incentive enough to get him started. Also keep in mind that reinforcing too soon is ineffective. Your animal should be rewarded immediately after the correct behavior, not before. An animal rewarded too soon or too often can become aggressive and/or resistant to training. Remember, each of your own behaviors elicits a response from your animal. You must be meticulous in the way you ask your animal to perform, and always be aware of your own actions. In Part 2 of Introduction to Behavior Modification, I will explain how to break complex behaviors into small and simple steps to achieve the best results.

To learn more about Meredith Hodges and her comprehensive all-breed equine training program, visit or call 1-800-816-7566. Check out her children’s website at Also, find Meredith on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. © 2005, 2011, 2016, 2018 Lucky Three Ranch, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Granny’s Adventures Continue... Bishop Mule Days 2018 (Part 2) by Anna Arnold photos by Porch Pig Productions

Anna Arnold finds some shade at her Mule Days camp

Danny Locke and his mule Annabelle competing at Bishop Mule Days 14 • August 2018

What an adventure Bishop Mule Days turned out to be this year with so many outstanding mules and exhibitors. I have been attending this big mule show since 1985. A friend, Jon Johnston invited another friend, Lois Carritte and I to join him on a trip to Death Valley, by way of Bishop. We stopped in the Owens Valley and camped along the Owens River. The next day we went into town and we were delayed as there was a parade, and what a parade it was. No motorized vehicles in the parade! There were floats pulled by teams of mules or horses and many marching bands, and even pack strings from local pack stations. There were too many mules and donkeys to count. Jon said, “Let’s go to the mule show, if you girls want to.” Well of course we wanted to! That is how I was introduced to Bishop Mule Days. I showed a nice team I had bought from Pat Downey in the late 1990’s, and then later I purchased the champion game mule Ciera from Loyd Hawley of Prairie Grove, Ark. Ciera came from the last crop of mules that Johnny Jones from Coarsegold, Calif., had raised. The late Jerry Villines bought her as a yearling and did the training on her. He raced her as a youngster and also roped on her before I found her. She was, and still is at the age of 32, a grand lady. And, oh my gosh, I’m 80. Where did the time go? In my travels with Ciera I was able to see many exhibitors from different areas. I loved the way they cared for the mules and the compassion we all share in our love for the long ears. I know some who let the mane grow and put fake trails on them; that is your choice, but I’m just old school. I came from a farm family who always roached the mane and had the clean look about the neck and head, which really shows off Mules and More Magazine

the ears. Those big ears do help to cool them off in the hot weather. The large ears are for cooling like jackrabbits and desert animals all do. That is why when I look at a mule, I always look for a nice full ear and a nice deep mouth. Also, the deep mouth makes for carrying the bit much easier. The weather at Bishop this year was beautiful and there were over 2,000 class entries. The campgrounds were looking just like the old days with plenty of outstanding mule men and women, all out for a thrilling show. The only difference was the size of the rigs driving in, they get bigger and bigger every year. My friend, JoAnn Davis and I arrived in our rigs and after setting up camp, I wandered around visiting friends. I was on my way to see Bob and Monica Sievert, along with the Munyon camp crew when I saw a young man walking through the contestant’s area. He looked small to be out by himself, but when I approached him, I realized he was a little older than I thought. He was so pleasant and had such good manners. I asked him if he was showing and he told me, “Yes ma’am, I’m driving in the junior classes. He was dressed in his Wranglers, boots and hat, and had quite a smile. I wondered where he was camped and told myself to keep an eye open for him. When the show started Tuesday afternoon and the youth hitch class entered the arena, there was this same young man in his bright orange helmet, driving an outstanding hitch of Belgian mules. The team was well groomed and the wagon was shining, just like Cade Peek, the young driver I met. In the youth classes, there has to be an adult with them. His adult was the owner of the team, Rick Edney. He not only had the mules that Cade drove, but two other teams they would be showing over the next few days.


I found Cade’s mom Kristin and asked if she could tell me a little about this confident young man and their family. Cade was born with achondroplasia dwarfism, the most 15 • August 2018

common form of dwarfism. Eighty percent of people with it are born to average height parents with no history of dwarfism. Kristin just says they won the genetic lottery. When Cade was nine months old he had to undergo major surgery, and has overcome some setbacks in his 10 years. Cade has a great family backing him, who don’t consider it a handicap, just another challenge in life. The Peek’s moved into the Wellington, Nev., area next to the Edney’s farm, a few years back and Cade showed an interest in Rick and the mules. Kristin barrel races and is one busy lady. His sister Josie is quite a horsewoman and represented the Fallon Rodeo in the Bishop Parade and is Fallon’s Junior Rodeo Queen. Then there is dad, Randy who helps keep the gang going to rodeos and parades. Randy is a team roper and also quite a hand. When the kids aren’t busy working with their mules and horses, they keep busy with their pigs and are very active in the Grange program in their area. Cade’s Grandma Cheryl is one of his biggest supporters, having her own experiences with polio. His other grandparents, Tom and Laurie are also there, lending their support. It seems Cade comes from a long line of tough individuals who work hard to overcome what life throws at them. Well, watching Cade compete, I know this nice young man didn’t just get into a wagon and yell giddy-up. He’s had some mighty good coaching and a lot of determination to get him to where he is today. It was apparent he had been getting some good lessons and paid attention to what he was being taught. I found out Cade got his start in driving the team just 90 days before Mule Days, so he could compete in the youth events. They practiced every Sunday together and Rick helped design and build the footrest for Cade. Rick also had his hand on the back of the seat within arm’s length, just in case, but he never had to step in. You see, Cade was in control and didn’t want to be disqualified. I understand they now have special reins for him. This, and most of the junior events Cade competed in, were well attended with five or more entries in each class. Cade drove with such confidence and a skill level that many adults have not achieved. Cade, at the ripe old age of 10, sets his difficulties aside, and showed the Edney mules off perfectly. I was most impressed with him in the log skidding; those big logs can easily roll and catch a person, but in all his classes, he was calm. The mules listened to his voice and were keen to his touch on the lines. He handled the teams with great skill and softness. Cade’s wins were not given to him, they were well earned with hard work and a great attitude, and most of all, great family, friends and animals to work with. Cade won the Youth Hitch, Reinsmanship and Teamster Challenge, 2nd and 3rd in Youth Pleasure Driving, 3rd in Timed Cones and 2nd in Reinsmanship, and he also won Singles Log Skidding and the Farm Team Class. He was a very busy young man. It was apparent judge Raymond Helmuth was impressed by Cade’s driving skills. Cade has never let his small stature slow him down and Mules and More Magazine

has such a great attitude. Through long lessons, lots of hard work and a strong determination, he has accomplished much in his 10 years. He says the great thing about mules is it doesn’t matter what your size is, if you really want something, you can do it. You made this year’s Mule Days a memorable one for me. I’ll be going to a few other shows, like the draft horse classic in Grass Valley in September, and I hope Cade and Team Edney will be there. We all need to be aware of our goals, whether it’s in the show ring or in the event called life. God gives us this life and it’s up to us how we use it. Please don’t let anything keep you from your goals. All things are possible. The show continued for several days and Team Edney was very busy. The team consists of Rick and Lorrie Edney, Stan Marriott, Luke Messenger and Cade. Patty, Sue, Abby, Rose, Bonnie and Clyde are the teams Belgian mules. Team members were all dressed in black hats, vests, pants and white shirts. Along with the teams and wagons being in top shape, the entire team presented so well. It is a pleasure to see them, and others, come truly prepared to show. Judges are aware of this also. Note: When you show clean and neat, you will always impress the judge, that goes for you, your animals, and your equipment. Coming in looking like a winner, you’re more apt to catch the judge’s eye. You don’t have to be gaudy or wear lots of bling. The Youth Reserve Champion, sponsored by Norm and Mary Jo Noftsier, was earned by Cade. The Noftsier’s also did an outstanding job with their talented One Spade Youth group. Along with Edney’s and Battle Born Outfitters, of Wellington, Nev., these groups keep the competitions close. It was an outstanding showing by Messenger with the Edney Team, who won World Champion Teamster. Luke’s teammate Rick Edney won World Champion Teamster last year, continuing their hold on the Championship. Our friend, Wendy Bailey with her team of black stocking mules won Reserve. My friend for Mule Days and the never to be forgotten costume class from years ago, Phil Amaral, Fresno, Calif., won the team log skidding. He has been out of the arena for

PHIL AMARAL with Daisy and Dixie in log skidding photo by Porch Pig Productions 16 • August 2018

some time and it was a thrill to see him handle his new team in this difficult class. I judged the coon jumping, a favorite class of mine. I was surprised at the end when I found the winner was none other than Oklahoma Gunslinger, one of Bill Garrett’s animals from Stilwell, Okla. This mule had been shown by the late Dozer Beaver best friend, Caleb Helm. Dozer’s sister, Becca Garrett was there to present the award for this event. Dozer, in his short life, made a big mark at Mule Days. He always had a wonderful smile and even when times were tough for him and his family, you would never know it from his attitude.

Coon jumping winner Oklahoma Gunslinger with Caleb Helm and Anna Arnold

Congratulations to all of Bishop’s Hall of Fame inductees. Jerry Jones has been World Champion Packer, and the packing judge for years. He has been showing and judging since the 1980’s, is the ultimate professional and is always a pleasure to watch and to work with. White Trash, the white mule that has been in almost every class Bishop has offered, also earned her spot in the Hall of Fame. This talented mule has a fan club and is always a crowd pleaser. She’s even been seen running the races with her owner, Bryce Hathaway, riding her backwards. Jack of Spades, owned by Kit Branch, was also inducted into the Hall of Fame. This jack not only won in halter and performance, he sired many champions. He and Kit were a hit in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., and in 1998 as well as 2000 through 2003, Jack was World Champion Performance Donkey. Let all of these wonderful competitors and teams be an inspiration to all of us. We may feel like being a couch potato and sit around wishing we had the strength to do something we love. Well, get up, get out there, and ride and/or drive. Days are short and time goes by very fast. God gives us each day…use it wisely. Look for me at the next mule gathering; I’m the Granny with the big hat, cool boots and a fine mule. Mules and More Magazine

The 2018

Midwest Mule

Trainers Challenge October 8-13, 2018 Flying R Ranch • West Plains, Missouri 4 trainers, 4 untrained mules and only 3 days to win the title and $2,500 cash prize! Loren Basham

Chris French

It will be a battle of patience, strength and beauty as we watch the bonds grow between the trainers and mules. Keep in mind, prior to this event, these mules (provided by stock contractor T Cross Farms, St. James, MO) have had minimal handling. After three sessions, watch how the four trainers build a partnership that will last a lifetime. The mules will be mentored through groundwork, the saddling process, and ultimately be ridden through an obstacle course using all three gaits. Throughout the week we will have clinics, entertainment, trail riding and offer a variety of activities promoting the mule. Between the trainers, judges, clinicians, vendors and attendees - the wealth of knowledge that is going to be at this event is spectacular!

Come camp with us, meet new mule folks and take in a week of long ear education! Contact Flying R Ranch for camping and lodging information at 417-469-2267. Hotels are available 23 miles away in West Plains & Willow Springs. Check website for participating hotel discounts.

For more on this event: Rob Tucker (573)202-5268 Becky Tucker (573)202-5597 Kelli Livengood (660)541-5581 MMTC- Midwest Mule Trainers Challenge Email: 17 • August 2018

Loren Herschberger


See website for full schedule

Tuesday 10/9

• 9am Packing Clinic

Wednesday 10/10

• 5pm Trainers & Judges Meet & Greet, Draw Mules • 6pm Chili Cook-off • 7pm Mule Soccer

Thursday 10/11

• 9-12pm Trainers Challenge • 1pm Vet Clinic • 2pm Dental Clinic • 3-6pm Poker Run • 7pm Cutting Clinic

Supported by:

Nate Medcalf

Friday 10/12

• 9-12pm Trainers Challenge • 1pm Essential Oils Clinic • 2pm Saddle Clinic • 3pm Packing Clinic • 4pm Bit Clinic • 5pm Judges Roundtable • 7pm Cutting Clinic • 8pm Bonfire

Saturday 10/13

• 9-12pm Trainers Challenge • 1pm Shetler Family Clinic • 2:30-4pm Competition • 4:30pm Declare Winner • 6pm Potluck Dinner & Dance

Sunday 10/14

• 8am Cowboy Church

Get your tickets now! Event Pass - $50 Day Pass - $20 Kids 10 & Under - FREE

Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available.

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Weaver Lake in Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

by Angie J. Mayfield, Loogootee, Ind.

Crossing the creek on a rugged trail at Sequoia National Park 18 • August 2018

Riding in every national forest and park I can is one of my lifelong goals. However, one of the disadvantages of trail riding in national parks is the number of tourists and hikers we have to deal with. Most are very nice and courteous, though those giant fluorescent backpacks can still startle our long ears and make them wonder if they’ll be eaten or forced off a mountain. Others are rude and make us realize why we love animals more than people. Recently, however, I visited a national park where I didn’t see ANY hikers or riders on the trails. It was wonderful! Sequoia National Forest in central California, named for the world’s largest trees, has the greatest concentration of giant sequoias in the world, 38 groves in all. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are located within the forest, and as we drove past the 185,00 acre Lake Kaweah Reservoir, with majestic mountains in the background, into the south entrance of the park, I knew this was going to be a cool place to ride. You can also take Hwy 180 from Fresno to the Big Stump entrance of the park. The Kaweah River roared beside the winding road and a giant sequoia greeted us at the entrance. The lady at the entrance didn’t know there was a horse camp at the park, but we found it on the map and headed Mules and More Magazine

that way. The road was curvy and narrow, not exactly wide enough to navigate a 30-foot trailer, but we managed. We were pleasantly surprised the horse camp had several large sites, corrals, picnic tables, a dumpster, a creek adjacent to it, and Big Meadows trailhead right across the road. The accommodations were primitive, but still better than most places we camp in the mountains. We learned the reason we didn’t see anyone else in this part of the park is because most of the tourists visit the giant sequoia groves, which are accessible through hiking trails, but not for equines. The only other camper was the host, who had two horses there and tried to explain the trails to us, but the more we listened the more we were confused and just decided to explore for ourselves. Looking at the map, it just appeared to be a couple of loops that we figured were easy enough. We didn’t realize, however, that those little loops on the map were miles long and would take all day to ride. We left camp at 8 am. The rugged, mountainous trails were surreal with giant trees and boulders everywhere, scenic overlooks, and two beautiful lakes, Weaver and Jennie. We rode through several areas that were still snow-covered. And we didn’t see another rider or even a hiker all day, which was amazing for the last week in May. We only stopped once for lunch and kept hoping to see bears, but it was still a bit early for an appearance. After the lake, the trails were harder to find and not wellmarked. At a couple Ys we guessed which trail was closest toward camp. We were wrong, and I made a note to buy a GPS before my next adventure. At 5 pm, we finally came out at Marvin Trailhead near the pack station which was about 8 miles further up the mountain from camp. It was a gorgeous area, but we were exhausted and so were the mules. We walked our animals part of the way and even stopped to pick up a few pine cones that were as long as my forearm. Finally, at 8 pm, we arrived at camp, crawled off our mules, and unsaddled. The host said she was afraid we were lost, but Tucker, with all his witty charm, smiled and said, “Nah. Mom likes to see it all and hardly ever comes back before dark.” He turned and winked at me and whispered, “I’m not gonna tell her I’m too tired to eat and I can’t feel my legs.” A true muleskinner at age eight. Finding equestrian camps and trails at national parks is becoming more and more difficult. Therefore, we felt very blessed to find Sequoia on our way from Bishop Mule Days to Yosemite. If you’re looking for miles of diverse, scenic mountain riding where you’ll see numerous giant trees but few tourists, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks should be on your bucket list. Angie J. Mayfield has been riding mules for 50 years and has logged more than 9,400 trail miles just since she started keeping track in 1999. To tell her about your favorite trails or events, email her at 19 • August 2018

One of the giant pine cones found at SeLake Kaweah near the south entrance of quoia National Park Sequoia National Park

Tucker standing in front of a giant sequoia tree

Snow still covered the tops of the mountains in May in Sequoia

Angie and Babe at one of the overlooks at Sequoia National Park Mules and More Magazine


Hall’s Two-Day Mule, Wagon, Equipment and Old West Auction 5 miles east of Comanche, Texas, on Hwy 36

September 21-22 Friday - 9 a.m.

Equipment, Trailers, Tools, Tractors, Primitives, and Misc. Old West Items, Bits, Spurs, Saddles, Guns, Indian, Knives, Western Decor, & Art

Saturday - 9 a.m.

Wagons, Buggies, Harness, Wheels, Tongues & Parts Large Tack Auction Horses, Mules & Donkeys

As Is - No Warranty • No Alley or Parking Lot Trading • Concession & RV on grounds • Cash or approved check by Wade • Pre ‘98 guns only • Negative coggins last 12 months

Buyers paid day of sale • No PO charge


Comanche, Texas (325)330-0826 • (325)356-5950 Betty Hall (Clerk) • Wade Hall 9269 Management not responsible for items before or after sale including PO items left on premises.

4 days this fall, with Mules & Donkeys Selling Saturday!

Fall Sale • September 5-6-7-8, 2018

Located at the Missouri State Fair Grounds • Sedalia, Missouri

Thanks to each and every one for making this a great mule sale, with the top Mule selling for $40,000. Two other individual mules selling for $10,000, another for $8,000. This sale was a good solid market on broke mules from $2,500 to $5,500.

We will be selling mules again Saturday, September 8, 2018; tack at 8 a.m., mules at 9 a.m. Please call with any questions or Top Mule $40,000 consignments. Thanks again and God Bless Top 5 Mules avg. $14,700 Top 10 Mules avg. $9,775 You All. Spring 2018 Mule Sale Results:

Mon. & Tues. Sept. 3-4 - Tack, Carriages, Antiques, Equipment, check-in

Wed. Sept. 5 – 8 a.m. Selling Tack, Carriages, Farm Machinery, Antiques, Saddles, Harness, etc. Thurs. Sept. 6 – 8 a.m. 1 hour selling tack in horse ring – 9 a.m. Draft Horses, Draft Crosses & Haflingers Fri. Sept 7 – 8 a.m. 1 hour selling tack in horse ring – 9 a.m. Standardbreds, Quarters, Light Teams, Gaited Horses, Ponies

Sat. Sept. 8 – 8 a.m. 1 hour selling tack in mule ring – 9 a.m. Mules, Donkeys, Mares in foal to a Jack

Catalog deadline Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Send $30 per consignment to be included in the catalog to: Joe Raber, 1112 CR 140, Westcliff, C0 81252

Contact Lonnie Miller (260)350-4637 Joe Raber (719)431-3137; Fax: 719-453-0907 20 • August 2018

email: website: Spring Sale Dates: March 6-7-8-9, 2019 Mules and More Magazine

photo by Porch Pig Productions


33rd Annua

National Championship

Chuckwagon Race

Labor Day Weekend of Ranch - Clinton, Arkansas

Aug. 30 - September 2

1 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Admission: Adults $30 per day Sunday, Sept. 6 - Adults $20 Children age 6-12 - 1/2 price

8-25 Gates Open • Camp Set-Up • Mini Bull and Bronc Riding • Concert 8-26 Bunkhouse Free Breakfast • Horse Drive • Cattle Drive • Cowboy Church • Arena Activities • Girls Only Trail Ride • Concert - Lucky Rooster 8-27 Arena Activities • Live Action Bulls & Broncs • Calcutta 8-28 Team Sorting Clinic • Trail Ride to Town • Fish Fry in Town • The Spoke Jackpot Roping • Karaoke • Pulse Pro Therapy 8-29 Trail Ride • Chuckwagon BBQ • The Spoke Jackpot Roping • Horseshoeing Clinic • Team Roping Clinic • Sled Pull: Horses & Mules • Chuckwagon Camp Cook Off • Concert with Aaron Watson

Home of the Famous Snowy River Race!

8-30 Extreme Trail Ride • Cattle Dog Competitions • Mule Clinic with Loren Basham • Team Sorting • Barrel Race • Pasture Roping • Rookie Qualifying Race • Bit, Spur & Used Tack Auction • Concert with Terri Clark, Opening Act Mike Johnson 8-31 Introduction to Working Cow Horse • CW Race • Mules Only Competition • Campers Ranch Rodeo • Wagon Calcutta • Goat Roping • Concert with Whiskey Meyers, Opening Act Heath Sanders 9-1 Pasture Roping Finals • CW Race • Horse Sale • Dance featuring Jake Williams BRING YOUR Band • Kids Ranch Rodeo • Bluegrass Music with Twang: An All-Girl String Band LAWN CHAIRS • Concert with the Country Gold Tour featuring LeRoy VanDyke, Darrell McCall, and sit along the Ozark Bluffs overlooking the The Gatlin Brothers, Tony Booth, and Mandy Barnett valley where the races 9-2 Church Services • Preshow • CW Race • Awards Ceremony are held

FOR INFORMATION Visit our website at: FOR ENTRY Call 501-745-5250 or 745-8407 Write National Championship C.W. Race, Inc., 2848 Shakerag Road, Clinton, AR 72031

Turn West on Shakerag Road at Western Sizzlin’, go 2 1/2 miles. All horses/mules and bottom campers take Hwy. 95 to West Gate 21 • August 2018

Jacobs Printery


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Training Your Mule for Mounted Archery by Brandy Von Holten, Mora, Mo.

Let me give you a brief feel for my absolute favorite sport with my mule, mounted archery. If you are right handed, you have your bow in your left hand. Your stirrups are a little shorter than you are used to typically, but that is OK, because you are lifted out of your seat. You’re riding a saddle without a horn. You are at a full canter. You pull your arrow with your right hand out of your quiver, load your arrow onto your bow string, lock it in with your thumb (yes, I said thumb), all by touch without taking your eyes off the target. You draw, release, and the crowd cheers as you score a bullseye! If you noticed, I never mentioned your reins. That is because you are cantering without them! Welcome to mounted archery! There is an alley way that varies in width between 2 to 4 meters. The narrower the alley way, the better your mule will stay straight. However, I have seen horses go through the alley way, so you will want to make sure and construct your lane with a break away rope. Until this year, all mounted archery had to be done at a canter. If your equine slowed to a trot for even one stride, that would constitute a disqualification. As of this year, a walk and a trot division have been added, however, there are no prizes awarded for walk or trot other than your name being listed on an international ranking found online 22 • August 2018

( Getting my mule JoJo to stay straight while we were going down the alley way was originally difficult for him. You see, I have trained my equine to be sensitive to body cues. With every command there are three levels: Ask, tell, and demand. For example, when turning to the left the first step is to look to the left, making sure to not have weight going left. This is the “ask.” The “tell” is done next by placing the right calve on the mule while you are still looking the direction of travel. If the mule has not moved, it is time for the “demand” which is the use of reins. In mounted archery, I basically had to teach my mule to not listen to my typical commands since I am twisting on top of him. There are three basic types of shots: Forward, side, and back shot. Now, of course, there are specialty shots, but for most purposes there are three main shots. Now, here is the crazy fact: The forward and back shots are actually side shots with the archer positioning themselves correctly. All equine are capable to learning, and with mounted archery I had to put a second set of rules on my mule. Before we canter I have started reaching down and grabbing his withers and giving him a specific verbal cue. I have done that for months now and he understands that when I do this his job is to stay at a constant speed and travel straight. Verbal cues are great for mounted archery. When you are putting a verbal cue on any equine, you must be consistent. Do not be Mules and More Magazine

a chatter box while in the saddle. This will make it noticeable and clear to your equine. Not all mules are designed for mounted archery, just as not all mules are designed to pull a cart or barrel race. Seek out a mounted archery instructor and look up MA3 at www., which is the only mounted archery association recognized by the International Horse Archers Alliance in the United States. Here at Von Holten Ranch we have created an entire line of mounted archery equipment and have plans already in action to become a hub for mounted archery in the United States. JoJo and I are paving the way for other mules to join in the fun of mounted archery. In April 2018 I became the first person in the world to be ranked in mounted archery on a mule. Not bad for a mule that had to be repossessed and was formally known as Repo Joe, before being called JoJo!

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33rd Annual Clark County Mule Festival

September 14-16, 2018

Clark County Fairgrounds, Kahoka, Missouri

Main Gate Admission - $5 Commemorative Button or Arm Band for the Weekend • 10 & Under Free! Three Day Fun Mule Show - Friday 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m. Mule Polo - Friday 5:30 p.m. • Team Penning and Team Roping - Friday 7 p.m. • Mule Pull - Saturday 12 noon Rodeo - Saturday 7 p.m. - Must have Commemorative Button • Church Service - Sunday 8 a.m. Trail Ride - Leaves at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Horses and wagons allowed.

Camping cost per day:

Drawing for

Camping available on site beginning Sunday noon, September 9, 2018. Fees must be paid before setup. No reserved camping. Fire rings required.

Sunday - $60 electric, $30 primitive Monday - $60 electric, $30 primitive Tuesday - $60 electric, $30 primitive Wednesday - $50 electric, $25 primitive

Queen-Size Quilt & $1,000 cash

Tickets on sale now!

Thursday - $40 electric, $20 primitive Friday - #30 electric, $15 primitive Saturday - $20 electric, $10 primitive

For information contact: Mike Schantz • 660/341-4835 or Becki Krueger • 660/341-7880

Main office , Food, and Crafts, and Midway vendors open Friday thru Sunday at 8 a.m. All dogs must be on a leash. Proof of negative Coggins (EIA) test required for all equine and current (30 day) health certificate for out-of-state equine.


South Carolina State Fair Donkey & Mule Show

October 19-20 Columbia, South Carolina

South Carolina State Fair Grounds Halter, Performance, --over--

at the

Riding, Driving, Youth, Coon Jumping, Etc.

Over 60 classes offered! $5 per class entry fee Proof of negative coggins test required & Health Certificate for out of state animals. Entry deadline October 1, 2018

For additional information contact

Sallie Sharpe (803)609-5648 24 • August 2018

$10,000 in available prize money

cebook! Follow us on Fandm uleshow

Visit our website for show details and entry information

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2nd Annual

Bearcreek Bash

Chuckwagon Races Lowndes, Missouri Se pt em be r 20 -2 3, 20 18

Family & Friends Making Memories with a Touch of the Cowboy Lifestyle MCWRA Finals & Co-Sanctioned ACWRA

Thursday, September 20 8 a.m. - Gates Open Open Trail Ride 4 p.m. Trainers 7 p.m. 4D Barrel Race

Admission: September 20-23 Per Day - Adults $20, Children 7-12 $10, Children 6 & Under Free No 4-Wheelers, ATVs or Glass Bottles/Containers allowed Primitive Camping, Open Trail Riding, Swimming Bearcreek, Concession on Site, Southern Cross

Friday, September 21 Open Trail Ride 7 p.m. Invitational Ranch Rodeo

Saturday, September 22 9 a.m. Pasture Barrel Race 1 p.m. Chuckwagon Races 8 p.m. Southern Wind performing

Sunday, September 23 10 a.m. Church Services with Crystal Lyons Ministry 1 p.m. Chuckwagon Races Awards Ceremony Following Races

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Find us on Facebook: Bearcreek Bash Chuckwagon Races

For more Information: Leah Rainey (573)712-3403 Jon Rainey (573)300-7135

Bearcreek Bash Chuckwagon Races HC 2 4065 Hwy E, Lowndes MO 63951 Mules and More Magazine

John Muir Wilderness by Angie J. Mayfield, Loogootee, Ind.

Angie and Tucker at John Muir Wilderness 26 • August 2018

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I’ve long been a fan of naturalist John Muir’s writings about his adventures in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Yosemite Valley. The Scottish-American mountaineer wanted to preserve America’s wilderness and met with President Theodore Roosevelt to advocate the creation of our national parks. So imagine my unexpected elation to find a trail leading into John Muir Wilderness on one of my own adventures! On my final day at Bishop Mule Days in California in May, I was bored of the whole show scene – and the 93-degree heat – and asked one of the local packers where I could trail ride in the mountains for the day. He told me to follow Line Street/Hwy 168 out of Bishop for a few miles, turn right onto Buttermilk Road, and follow the dirt road. “There’s enough riding up there to keep you busy for days,” he said, so I set off, not really sure where I was going or what I’d find when I got there. That old dirt mining road became increasingly worse as we bumped along and certainly didn’t seem meant for trailers. We saw a few hikers, campers, and trails but none seemed what I was looking for. Eventually, however, we spotted a little sign that said Horton Lakes Trailhead at the foothills of some beautiful mountains and I smiled. The mules were as eager to get out as I was. As we rode our mules up the desertlike terrain of rocks and clumps of sage

An old mining camp at John Muir Wilderness 27 • August 2018

grass, an Inyo National Forest sign welcomed us, the trail became narrower, and the terrain became steeper. Then, a little sign told us we were in John Muir Wilderness. I knew the area existed and extended along the crest of the Sierras for 90 miles or so. However, I didn’t realize the John Muir Trail, established by the Wilderness Act in 1964, ran into the Inyo National Forest as well. I gasped in delight. I was exploring a bucket list wish trip without even planning to. We followed the switchbacks to the top of one mountain and around another where an oasis of gurgling streams, tall grass, and towering trees lay before us. In the meadow, two mule deer watched us but weren’t overly concerned. A wooden sign informed us our elevation was 8,500 feet. Nestled against the next mountain, an abandoned cabin and work shack took us back in time, and I fantasized this was John Muir’s old residence. The area certainly provided an abundance of Nature’s best scenery to inspire his writing. In reality, this was an old mining stake, but oh, what a gorgeous place to live nonetheless. We lingered for awhile, watered the mules, and took a few pictures. Then, we followed a trail between two mountains and climbed the next set of windy switchbacks, still in search of the elusive lakes the trailhead name promised. An hour later, just as the first of three

Horton Lakes became visible, the trail became muddy and hard to navigate due to all the hanging Cottonwood limbs. Tucker’s big helmet/cowboy hat became entangled in branches and he was knocked off his mule. He cried for a few seconds but was more scared than hurt. Covered in mud and chilled to the bone, though, we decided we’d better turn back to get him to the warmth of the truck before dark. I hated it, because there’s nothing prettier than a lake nestled between mountains, but it would have to wait for another day. If you make it to any of the trailheads or lakes of John Muir Wilderness, consider yourself blessed. Enjoy the beauty that those like Muir helped to preserve for our recreation – and keep fighting to ensure equestrians will be able to enjoy it for generations to come. As for the Horton Lakes area, you need a four-wheel drive, a small trailer, and you may want to dismount your mule when you approach the patch of Cottonwoods that have claimed the trail for their own. Happy Trails! I’ll see you out there. Angie J. Mayfield is an author, professor, and lifelong mule owner/rider who has ridden mules in all 50 states and six countries. Contact her with your favorite places or events to ride at

Rick Carmack, Glasgow, Mo., riding toward the old mining camp in John Muir Wilderness Mules and More Magazine

Silver & Brass Mule Head Conchos Available in all silver OR silver with brass mule head and dots. Please indicate preference. 1-1/2 inches in diameter. These antiqued silver conchos come with an antiqued silver or brass Mule Head and with a Chicago screw in the back. Great for decorating bridles, belts, purses, cell phone holders, dog collars, and many other items.

$7.00 each (includes shipping) call for large order discounts

Canadian Donkey and Mule Association

Canada’s only national registry and association for donkeys and mules. Our quarterly magazine, Canadian Donkey and Mule News, is included with membership and offers news and information for longear enthusiasts across North America and worldwide. Editor: Jackie Dunham Email:

Annual membership in Canadian funds: Canada: $45 (family $55) USA & foreign: $55 For memberships, send international money order in Canadian funds to

Canadian Livestock Corporation, 2417 Holly Lane, Ottawa, ON K1V 0M7, Canada

Subscriptions now available! (no member benefits) $35 to Canadian addresses, $47 to US addresses.

Order subscriptions on our website at:

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Money Clips with Silver or Brass Conchos Available in all silver OR silver with brass mule head and dots. Please indicate preference. $15 each (includes shipping)

To order, call 573/646-3934, mail check to PO Box 460, Bland, MO 65014, or


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Baumli Semi-Annual

Draft Horse & Mule Sale Friday & Saturday,

September 28 & 29 Maryville, Mo.

25th Annual

Mule & Donkey Show

Sponsored and held at By Holly Gray Park

Sutton, West Virginia

September 8-9, 2018

Specializing in Draft Horses and Mules - but all types of equine can be consigned!

Saturday, Sept. 8, 4:00 p.m. 12+ Classes Sunday, Sept. 9, 10:00 a.m. 40+ Classes

Horse related equipment and collectible items are sold on the first day of the sale, Friday beginning at 9:00 a.m.

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A Second Career for Two Great Mules World renowned barrel horse trainer and competitor Lance Graves hails from Hartshorne, a small town in Oklahoma. From humble beginnings Graves rose to win some 28 World and International Championship barrel racing titles enroute to nearly two million in lifetime earnings. Graves and his team, known as LG and Company, also host and produce the annual Lance Graves International Championship Barrel Race each Valentines week at the iconic Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla. “I began barrel racing at a young age. It’s an amazing sport, fun and excitement the entire family can enjoy. I have It Hawks Two and Eye Hawk Three with their ‘crew’ at the 2017 Mule & Donkey Congress Wards team included It’s Hawk Two, a 2005 model and dedicated my life to the promotion and advancement of the sport. A big part of that has been to in- her younger sister, Eye Hawk Three, born a year later. Purtroduce our event to new people of different disciplines,” chased in 2008, the team began their chuck wagon racing career in late 2009, but it was 2010 that proved to be their Graves explained. Graves has won championships in almost every barrel banner year. The team won 14 races and were the ACRRA racing and breed organization in existence. He even parlayed Champions, the MCRA Champions, and the 2010-2011 team his love of barrel racing into an Extreme Mustang Make- of the year. Eye Hawk Three sustained an injury and she and over Slot Barrel Racing Championship in Alvarado, Texas, her sister were turned out and What About Bob continued with Mustang Sally and was third in America’s Most Wanted racing with their other teams. Ward said, “I thought they would be the perfect pair to atThoroughbred Makeover barrel race with rescued claimer tempt to cross over into barrel racing. They are granddaughRodeo Buckle for the Retired Racehorse Project in Lexington, Ky. So, where would a man like Graves go next to pro- ters of noted AQHA race horse sire, Mr. Eye Opener. I knew mote barrel racing and reach new audiences? Enter Wilbur- they could run a little bit and had quite a bit of life experiton, Oklahoma’s Mark Ward, a highly decorated National ence. I hoped that would give Lance a head start, but the only Championship Chuckwagon Racer and long-time friend of problem was they had been a driving team and hadn’t been used under saddle. We had 45 days of riding put on them Graves. “Some girls had posted on social media, joking they and then sent them to Lance to do his thing. It didn’t take thought LG could win a barrel race even if he was riding a long until things started shaping up and they began learning mule. So, I just told him I had a couple of mules if he wanted a second career.” “It’s easy for me to respect a talented athlete of any kind. to try out the theory,” says Ward. I knew these mules were already champions in their first disMark is not your everyday muleskinner. He, along with his wife Bobbi, and father-in-law Bobby Dean Hill, and cipline. As a trainer this is exactly how I approached them; brother-in-law Travis Hill, along with the Oklahoma Gang, with the respect a champion deserves. I felt a connection have hosted the What About Bob chuck wagon races for the early on with Two, the older and smaller of the sisters. She is last nine years at the Ward Ranch just outside of Wilburton. smart and I think I amuse her,” Graves laughed. “For what“Bobbi has ridden with Lance for years, and been all over ever reason, Two is always interested in what I have to say. the country barrel racing with him. Lance is the kind of guy She has allowed me to teach her the skills she needs to be that is always up for a challenge and we all thought it would able to maneuver the barrel racing and pole bending patterns be fun to try a team of my former championship chuck wag- at a high rate of speed. I called Mark and told him I felt like on racing mules and see what could be done with them in the the younger sister, Three was the bigger, stronger athlete, but it was Two that wanted to be my partner and wanted to barrel pen,” Ward commented. 30 • August 2018

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please me. I told Mark to find us a barrel race and let’s see what we had.” The race they found to debut their team was the 2016 Donkey and Mule Congress in Tulsa, Okla. “We really had no idea what to expect when we entered; it was their first show and anything could happen. We had to give them the opportunity to start somewhere,” said Ward. Younger sister Three drew first in the running order and her performance was anything but desirable. Three was terrified! She turned the first barrel, spooked, ducked left, and headed back out the gate,” laughed Graves. “Fortunately big sister Two was last in the draw and we had a few minutes to get ourselves together. Two was pretty unsure of herself, but she has a lot of trust in me. When they called her in I asked her for her best effort and she gave it.” Lance and Its Hawk Two won the Championship by daylight and her second career was off and running! Literally! The team had a long break due to both the Ward chuck wagon racing schedule and Lance’s racing commitments at Remington Park. It was actually a year later at the 2017 Donkey and Mule Congress before they made their next appearance. “We had some time before this show, so we introduced pole bending to our girl’s schedule. Two won dual championships in both Open Barrel Racing and Open Pole Bending, while Three stepped up for reserve in both events,” stated Graves. “Both mules worked great at Tulsa. This time we didn’t want to give them another break, so we began looking for other shows to enter and compete. That is when we found their next competition, the Fort Worth Stock Show,” said Ward. The mules didn’t disappoint in Texas either. Its Hawk Two won Open Barrel Racing and Pole Bending Championship, while Eye Hawk Three won reserve championship titles in both events. From there the team traveled south to 31 • August 2018

the Houston Livestock Show for what would be the best (and worst) show yet for the MW/LG group. “I train and ride AQHA race horses. While schooling a filly in the starting gates she flipped over backwards and stepped on my head and back when she was getting up. Luckily, I was wearing my helmet and safety vest. The filly broke my T8-T9-T10 and T-11 ribs. I had seven days to get ready for Houston. Mark and Bobbi are friends, not just clients. Bobbi told me to rest and recover and she would just scratch the mules. I declined and told them I had a week to rest and I would be fine to race them both,” Graves explained. “The show started out successfully with Two winning Open Barrel Racing, and Three chasing close behind. But, I was really feeling the four broken ribs after I made the first two barrel runs, said Graves. “I was up on Three first in the draw of the pole bending. She made a decent run, but was really hitting the ground hard with her front feet when she was turning. She really jarred my ribs and I was really in a lot of pain. I had about 15 minutes before Two would compete, as she was last in the draw. I knew Two was going to give me her all and I owed it to her to give her the best I had in me. So, I cinched up the body brace I was wearing, and when they called my name I sent her,” Graves related. Two and LG won Open Pole Bending Championship and posted their personal best time ever. As a bonus, the pair was named HLSSR Mule and Gymkhana All Around Speed Champion. “We feel like their career as speed event mules is just beginning. I’m so fortunate to be able to compete and train for a living, and blessed to have great friends like Mark and Bobbi Ward to enjoy these great animals with me. Our next event was the PtHa Long Ear World Championship show June 21, where both mules competed in Open Barrel Racing and Open Pole Bending,” Graves said.

It Hawks Two with her awards from the Houston Livestock and Rodeo

It Hawks Two and Eye Hawk Three in their first career as a chuckwagon race team

The Ward team of Its Hawk Two and Eye Hawk Three competed at the above show in Tulsa. Lance and Two held the line to remain undefeated in the mule competition by gathering dual World Championships in both Open Barrel Racing and Open Pole Bending. “I’m so proud of Two! She was really focused and laid down super nice runs. One thing I always count on her to do for me is to go FAST and she really ran when I asked her,” stated Graves. Three also had a great show and won two Reserve World Championship titles. Ward commented, “We always have a great time when we are all together with the mules. The fact they win a little is just icing on the cake for us. We really appreciate the PtHa for including the Long Ear Registry in their world championship show. We can’t wait until next year!” Graves said, “We are happy to have had the opportunity to compete with many great cowboys and cowgirls at the shows. None of this could be possible without our amazing sponsors… Best Ever Saddle Pads, Sooner Exiss Trailers, Cowgirl Tuff-B Jeans, Zesterra and Bluebonnet Feeds.” Mules and More Magazine

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MARILYN WILEY, Wilhoit, Ariz., sent us these drawings she did of LUKE MESSENGER. “I met him at Bishop Mule Days and asked if I could take a picture for a drawing,” said MARILYN. “He looked like the quintessential ‘Mule Skinner’ to me. I love doing drawings of mules.” The below drawing is of an Army Escort Wagon

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When Mules Ruled the Farm by Lonny Thiele

]Mules were used for farming in this country roughly 1785 to 1950 or 165 years. Mule numbers peaked in the US at 5.8 million in 1925, but there were still 1.9 million mules in 1940, that included 209,000 in Missouri. Quotes used in this column and most of the material used comes from stories in the book, “That Son of a Gun Had Sense: Mule Stories From the Bootheel During the 1930’s-1940’s Era.”

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Tim Whitney was born in Coahoma County, Miss., and in his youth worked on the CP Owens Plantation in Robinsville, Miss. I made an exception for him to include his story in the mule book because I wanted readers to get a glimpse of what it was like for a black man working with mules on a southern cotton plantation. This is a continuation of last month’s story. Whitney, “We took breaks. Straw bosses don’t want you to break, see. Anytime they walk behind them mules, you didn’t take no break. “We wore shoes, overalls, gum boots when muddy. You might take a break but the straw boss is out there to keep you going. We kept them three straw bosses in the middle of the field and 25 or 30 men out there plowing. You had to walk behind them mules that long and not take a break. Work the shit out of us. “When you were done working them, all of them went to that big barn. A hostler took care of them. They were fed hay and oats. “Start work in the spring maybe April to August. There was nothing to do in the wintertime. We’d work that gin, me, and my brother. In the spring we’d clean that barn out, take all that mule stuff out and spread it out in the field. “We tore up a lot of things though. Mules were scared of those trains, had coal burners at that time. We tore up wagons, plows. Mules pull those wagons half in two. Many a mule came out of their harness. “He raised mules. Had a big ole jack out there. He’d bring them mares to that jack, well that mare wasn’t ready; that jack fell down in the hole. They had a board in front of her. When that jack hit her, she broke that board. That jack disappeared. Nobody know’d where that jack went. He bought another young one. “Day work hauling hay, running a combine, checking sacks in combine. Trucks come along and pick it up. To put out fertilize, come out with two mules and a man spread with a buster. What you call hipping the ground. I’d fill those planters up. Put fertilize with that. “In cotton picking time, we’d pick cotton. All of us together could pick a bale and a half a day. I was picking about 200 or 300 pounds myself. We made more picking cotton than working on that farm. We could make more in two days than a whole week. Boss would say, ‘What you boys going to do with all that money?’ $12.50 ain’t nothing....” The 298 page Son of a Gun book sells for $24 (includes postage). Mail check to Thiele at POB 884, Poplar Bluff, MO 63902. Ph. 573-300-3085. Mules and More Magazine

My First Trip to Wyoming & Jake Clark’s Mule Days by Camri Jones, Bland, Mo. photos by Lenice Basham, PairADice Mules

My Grandma Lenice and Grandpa Loren go to Wyoming for ten days every year to ride in the mountains and to go to the Jake Clark Mule Days and Saddle Mule Auction in Ralston, Wyoming. This year, they asked me to go along! They had a mule they wanted me to help with at the sale, Josie. I went over to their house to ride her a lot before the sale, and then it was finally time to head west. When I was packing, my new kitten kept trying to get in my suitcase. I asked Grandma and Grandpa if I could bring Chubs along, but they said no. The drive to the Big Horn Mountains in Buffalo, Wyoming, was 15 hours, but I slept the majority of the time and watched two movies. We only stopped for gas. When we got to the campgound, we had to make a fence with the portable corral for the mules to stay in. The mountains were gorgeous! I found “the perfect view.” The riding was so pretty! We kept seeing whistle pigs on the trails. They are amazing and I wanted to take one home with me. They are like ground hogs. The flowers were beautiful, as well. There were lots of people who camped and rode with us. Wesley Wells, Glasgow, Mo., and ‘Uncle’ Bruce Hohulin, Morton, Ill., The Tuckers (Rob, Becky, Cord and Ragen, plus Becky’s mom Laura) from Owensville, Mo., Chris and CAMRI with her Grandpa Loren and Grandma Lenice CAMRI riding Josie in the wildflowers (bottom left to right) ROB and RAGEN TUCKER; DAN COLEMAN; BRUCE Hohulin; CLARA with mother SARAH FRENCH in the background

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One of the karins in the mountains. A karin is a human-made pile of stones that marks the trail CAMRI and Willow

Sarah French, with their children Payton and Clara, Dan and Marsha Coleman, Fulton, Mo. We were in Buffalo from Friday to Tuesday and rode 70 miles. The mule I was riding, Josie, is a “mountain goat.” She climbed rocks very well and was good on her feet. Josie and I led the trail one day. Payton, Clara and I had a snowball fight when we were in the snow. We rode to Lake Angeline, which was gorgeous but really cold! Lake Angeline is at 10,500 feet elevation in the “alpine tundra.” There were flowers at Lake Angeline, but it was so windy, I didn’t understand how they stayed in the ground. I played fetch with Marsha Coleman’s dog, Willow. Her husband Dan cooked steak for us and made miniature corn dogs that were delicious. When they were leaving, someone in our group scratched up their new trailer, but I won’t say who. While we were riding at Buffalo, we celebrated a lot of people’s birthdays - Wesley Wells, my Grandma Lenice, Ragan and Becky Tucker! We went into town to eat and do lots of shopping. We went to Tom Baldings and I got a shoe-fly.

Buck Branaman was at Tom Baldings, as well! I bought earrings and paint for my mule Hoosier at King Saddlery. While we were out eating one night, I tried Rocky Mountain Oysters. I thought they were delicious! I did not really know what they were until my step-mom told me when I got back, but I would still eat them again. We got to Jake’s on Wednesday, it was five hours from Buffalo to Ralston. We set up camp and put up our banners for the mules. The mule I was riding in the mountains, Josie, was consigned to the sale. Grandma Lenice and I went to Yellowstone National Park. We saw Old Faithful erupt. We saw lots of smaller geysers and they stink! We got to see a bear, too. This bear lives very close to the Cody entrance of Yellowstone. She is three years old and her name is Snow. During the week of the sale, I helped my Grandpa get the three mules he had consigned ready by helping feed, put blankets on, braid their tales, lead them back and forth to the trailer, brush and saddle them. Josie had lots of admirers at the sale. Lots of people rode her and talked to us about her. One family really seemed to like Josie. Claudia Bolten, of Placerville, Calif., and her granddaughters came to visit Josie everyday. They rode her several times. On Friday, every mule consigned to the sale goes through a trail course. Josie did really well during the trail course. She drug the log and led the pack mule without messing up at all. I rode in the parade on Saturday morning. The parade was wet and muddy, we all wore slickers but it was a lot of fun. I really liked the rodeo on Saturday and watching it made me want a mini bull! The barrel racers and the ropers were my favorite. After Grandpa was done roping, I took Betty back to the trailer and unsaddled her, brushed her, braided

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her tail and took her back to her stall. I even rode Betty, who is my uncle Cole’s race mule, a few times this week (even though it made my mom very nervous when she found out about that!). The sale is held on Sunday afternoon, I was sad when it came time to sell Josie. I watched from outside the sale ring as her price went higher and higher. But I was really happy that Claudia ended up buying her and I know she has a really good home now. All three mules did really well in the ring, but Princess did not sell. Big Jake did sell and I will miss him, too. At the end of the sale, they announced that Josie was the high selling mule of the sale!

CAMRI, her Grandpa LOREN, Claudia and her granddaughters and JAKE CLARK with PairADice’s Josie, the sale’s high selling mule

For more on Jake Clark Mule Days, visit It is held every Father’s Day weekend. Cash, a consignment by JOE WOOD

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Frosti, the second high-selling mule at $22,000 was consigned by Jiggs Loesch The top selling mule Pair-A- of Iowa and is a 6-year-old, 15-hand red roan Dice’s Josie (pictured above) brought mare mule

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$35,000, consigned by Loren Basham, Pair-A-Dice Mules, Belle, Mo. Josie is a 7 year old, 14 hand mare mule. Camri had been riding Josie for some time, and rode her in the mountains for several days before the auction. The buyer was from California. The Top 10 mules averaged $18,125. The Top 10 consignors and their mules were Loren Basham Pair-A-Dice Mules Josie and Big Jake; Loren “Jiggs” Loesch - Frosti; Oly and Cristina Edmiston – Aspen; Matt and Pam Fournier, Rafter F Mules – Rafter F Sweetwater Candyman and Kathy; Shawn Petersen – Skye; Delon Parker – Loretta Lynn; Justin Davis – Radar; Quint and Amy Gonzales – Jeep. The top 15 mules averaged $15,950, and the top 20 mules averaged $14,362.50.

Rafter F Sweetwater Candyman came in number four in the sale at $16,000 and is a 8-year-old, 17-hand sorrel horse mule. He was consigned by Matt and Pam Fournier, Rafter F Mules

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Aspen, who came in at number three in the sale for $18,000, is a 5-year-old, 16-hand dun mare mule, consigned by Oly and Cristina Edmiston

Skye was the number five high selling mule of the sale and was consigned by SHAWN PETERSEN. Skye is a 7-year-old 16.1-hand sorrel with a flaxen mane and tail mare mule and sold for $15,500

Luna, a consignment by Wild Bunch Mule Co.

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Donkey Welfare Symposium Something For Everyone

by Karen L. Kirsch, Louisville, Ohio Attention all donkey enthusiasts! Mark your calendars for October 26th, 27th and 28th and make plans to attend the sixth annual Donkey Welfare Symposium which will be held on at University California Davis, North America’s top-rated Veterinary school. You won’t regret it. Having attended last year I found it to be the most informative and inspiring equine-related event I’ve ever experienced. Unlike some ‘horsey’ affairs which can be cliquDr. Eric Davis with his donkeys Larry and Jenny making their pubish and divisive, this event is focused solely on Equus lic driving debut in 2017 africanus asinus; ranging from their evolutionary history to practices currently affecting their welfare. The Symposium is meticulously organized by Dr. Eric Davis, his wife Cindy, Amy McLean, PhD and many other dedicated behind-the-scene contributors who each year bring new presenters with fresh ideas from a dozen different countries. The University’s Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science department is the perfect venue for demonstrations, lectures and for interaction with professionals from all corners of the globe. This year participants will include professors and veterinary specialists, behaviorists, geneticists, animal welfare advocates, a donkey packer and even an artist ,plus much more. There will simply be something for everyone. All programs are science-based; a critical distinction when confronting any subject. Systematic observation is Dawn Marie Henderson and her gelding donkey, Rocky who crucial to understanding and only through understand- was Reserve World Champion at Bishop this year ing can issues be effectively addressed. This protocol wild-horse-and-burro. makes lectures and demonstrations as germane and helpful Another participant, Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, the to professionals as they are to donkey novices, including biggest donkey specific rescue with 50 locations nationwide anyone who might be considering the BLM burros which will soon have a huge number of National Park Service burwill be available for adoption again this year. Armed with ros for adoption. Their requirements are similar to those of factual information and resources rather than old wives tales the WHBP ( or anecdotes, both donkeys and adopters stand to benefit. Contrary to some beliefs, donkeys are not horses with BLM burros, which had had little or no previous handling long ears. How and why their unique physiological distincwere the unwitting subjects for farrier and dental procedures tion matters was emphasized in 2017 with a demonstration and initial training presentations last year. Their relatively- by British Master Harness Maker Terry Davis who related wild status illustrated how understanding donkeys’ inherent the physics of donkey harness as compared to automobile behaviors can simplify necessary maintenance. They will components: Bridle = steering. Collar = transmission. Sadagain serve as ‘assistants’ for various clinics. dle or back band = weight distribution. Crupper or britchAs a direct consequence of last years Symposium, Dr. Da- ing = brake. As donkey anatomy differs significantly from vis announced formation of The Student Donkey Training other equine (big head, narrow neck, flat back, etc.) proper Club which established a permanent home for BLM burro harnessing must reflect these differences. In developing training. Burros from the school's Club are available for countries where donkeys are the major transportation aniadoption year-round following Club training, which takes mals, correct harnessing is the critical factor in preventing approximately 90 days. injury and enhancing productivity. This year Egyptian harA separate BLM adoption option will be open to those ness maker Farid Shwky will address the issue. with or without Symposium registration. Adoption requireObesity-related diseases aren’t limited to humans. Up to ments will be available at the event and on the Wild Horse 50% of horses and donkeys are overweight, but unlike cute & Burro Program website 40 • August 2018

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chubby babies, donkey fat can be life-threatening. Elizabeth M. Tadros, DVM and assistant professor from Michigan State University’s lecture on Equine Metabolic Syndrome as applied to donkey obesity, was especially enlightening last year. Because death is inevitable, bringing with it grief and sadness, end of life was also discussed in another session. Every facet of the Symposium was captivating, but undoubtedly the discussion and images filmed by Phillip Msheilia, DVM of Zaria were the stuff of anyone’s worst nightmare; an exposition of the little-known market for donkey parts which continues to threaten their existence uk/under-the-skin). Thankfully, through education and activism by some Symposium participants, gradual progress is being made to curb this horrific business. The topic will be addressed again this year. The introduction to this summary of the Donkey Welfare Symposium emphasized the importance of science-based information because only facts can change and improve donkey welfare, whether in our own barnyards or across the globe. While the Symposium is comprehensive and relevant, it is also friendly, enthusiastic and optimistic, launched with a meet and greet barbecue including live music, beer and wine. This affair is a must-do for lovers of longears. There’s just nothing else like it! For details please visit: or

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Remembering Ben “If You Really Loved Me You Would Give Me This Mule!” by Audrey Stogsdill Beggs R-A Mule Ranch, Sims, Ark.

So, to start the story about Ben, our precious mule we lost to liver cancer May 15, 2018, I have to tell you the above words were the ones I spoke to my husband, Rickey, after my first ride on Ben. We bought Dan, a 5-year-old mule for me as Miss Sugar was 25 years old and we thought I needed a younger mule. After having a trainer ride Dan for eight weeks, we saddled Dan and Ben to take a trail ride into the mountains. I was still taking chemo pills for metastatic breast/ovarian cancer and my stamina and energy were a big zero. When I tried pulling Dan around to go into the woods he had a different idea and headed to the pasture. I had a melt down and yelled at Rickey that I could not ride this mule. He said, okay, let’s trade and you ride Ben. Well, he should have never said that, as I got off Dan and got on Ben and a second love affair began (the first being Rickey, of course). Ben was the sweetest and kindest mule. I had been riding Miss Sugar for 10 years and she is very special, and I still ride her. She is now 33 and doing great. But, there was something so special about Ben. He had a great sense of humor and in a human life he would have been a comedian. As Rickey would often say, “it is hard to have a bad day around Ben.” No matter how down you would be, Ben would make you smile. He had a very strong personality, and did not have a mean bone in his body. You just had to be a leader, or Ben would be the leader…and he knew within 30 seconds of someone getting on his back whether they would be the leader, or he would be. And more often than not Ben was the one in charge. I remember a time on a trail ride I was riding Ben, and I was visiting the person right behind me. I wasn’t paying attention to Ben and all of a sudden we were in the ditch and he had decided the riders in front of us were too slow, so he just made the decision to go around them…of course I just laughed and told him he was a s… for brains!

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Rickey on Ben in March 2018 about three weeks before Ben started having liver issues

Ben came to us via Rickey’s Uncle JB and Nona Smith of Tonganoxie, Ks. They bought him in 2005 at an auction a St. Joe, Mo. for Nona to ride. Nona found him at the sale, standing with his head down and felt sorry for him. She named him Sorrowful Ben, but as soon as we got him Rickey said his name was just Ben. JB rode a mule and Nona was a horse person, so he really thought if he bought her a mule he could convince her to be a mule rider, but Nona never did ride Ben. Rickey’s riding mule, Mutt had been diagnosed with Calcinosis cuteous and Rickey was forced to quit riding him. Since Ben hadn’t been ridden for three years, we traded a Yorkie and some cash for Ben, living at that time on White Rock Mountain in Winslow, Ark. Rickey did a lot of ground work with Ben, and after driving him a few times he began riding him. He had such a great mind Rickey liked him from the start. I got out his Coggins papers and traced the owner in Kentucky that had sold him at the auction. When Rickey inquired what he knew about Ben, the owner said he and his dad sold 30 plus mules a month and unless this was a very high dollar mule, he wouldn’t remember him. Being a very strong willed mule it took Rickey a couple of years to get in his mind, but when he did Ben was very will-

Audrey on Ben, Custer State Park, South Dakota, 2012

Rickey on Ben, October 2016 Mules and More Magazine

ing and was safe for anyone that could ride. Rickey, riding Ben, volunteered with the Garland County Search and Rescue for five years. They rescued a young man on one search, saving his life. There were other rescues and Ben was always all business, acting very serious and knowing he had a job to do. Even though I rode Ben a lot, and I loved him, he and Rickey had a special bond. When Ben did get nervous, he would pick his bit up and down and jingle it to let you know he was unhappy. He had little idiosyncrasies that only Ben had. When he was totally relaxed he would hang his tongue out the side of his mouth and at times you would think he was asleep. Over the years a lot of friends rode Ben; everyone that knew him loved him. I rode him at Mount Rushmore, at the Buffalo River and at Pole Canyon in Quitaque, Tex. There were many experiences we could share about Ben riding the trails and camping. Rickey rode Ben in March this year,

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and by the first of April we noticed he was having some swelling issues with his sheath and bottom line. The vet cleaned the sheath and floated his teeth. He was still swelling, 10 days later we took him back and had blood work done. This showed he had liver disease and his liver enzymes were up. We did everything we could for six weeks, some days the swelling was down and then it would go back up. I had gone to New Mexico for an all-girls ride/ pack trip and I prayed Ben would not pass before I returned home. Returning home on Sunday he was doing well and I was able to get a video on my phone of Ben telling me ‘hello.’ On Monday Ben had a great appetite, but on Tuesday he was extremely swollen and didn’t feel well. I let him out into the pasture, but about two hours later we noticed Ben was walking backwards and pushing against the fence. I had already called our vet and a backhoe to dig a grave the next morning, as we weren’t going to let him suffer. Rickey went to put him in the barn,

but as he led him from the fence Ben fell over, and I ran to him. Ben took his last breath with me rubbing his face and telling him how much we loved him. We buried him on our place by the creek. Ben was a special mule and we will always remember the great times we had together. R.I.P. our precious Ben. We love you!

Vernie Harris on Ben at Pole Canyon, Texas, in October 2017

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(left) LEON RABER and Radar in a field of wildflowers (above) TIM CROSS and Ozark’s Senior Citizen in the Current River

Updates on the Missouri Mule Makeover held Labor Day Weekend at Ozark Mule Days The trainers have all been hard at work on their challenge mules this summer. Since receiving them in April, they have almost all had around 90 days with their animals, and though the way they have spent these days may differ slightly from one to another, all have involved good, old fashioned sweat and hard work. Leon Raber’s Radar has been hooked double and is doing well. Leon also took Radar to the mountains for more trail riding. “He is making progress every day,” said Leon. Tim Cross said Ozark’s Senior Citizen got his first set of shoes. He also went riding on the Current River, a big floating, canoeing and kayaking destination. “I wondered how all the goings on would be for him but he did tremendous,” said Tim. “I led most of the time and got along great!” Chris French rode Dixie bridleless. “She is super good minded and takes everything in stride.” Chris also has driven Dixie double, and his wife Sarah rode her in a local Fourth of July parade. They also competed at a local mule show. Lori Montgomery has been ponying other animals off of Summer, as well as dragging logs, working obstacles and 44 • August 2018

practicing the panty-hose race. The pair attended a mule show and Lori reported that Summer behaved perfectly. She also happily announced she can pick up all four of Summer’s feet. Shane Vaughn posted a video riding Gypsy while roping a heeling dummy pulled by a four-wheeler. “I have asked her for anything and everything these last 60 days and not only has she handled it all, she just keeps getting better,” said Shane. Shane also has been driving Gypsy single and says she is “turning into a nice little driving mule.” Matt Caldwell has been driving Leslie and posted a photo of her pulling a tire in a field. Sharla Wilson posted photos of her and Hotshot’s ride to the memorial for the Granite Mountain Hotshots, her namesake. They met with a firefighter who ran from Los Angeles to the site, over 300 miles, to commemorate the five-year anniversary. “It was incredible to meet a man so devoted to run so far,” said Sharla. This will be the last month we report on the Challenge mule’s progress. Look for results in the October issue, or come see them live at Ozark Mule Days in Springfield, Mo. (See page 9 for more information).

Chris French’s Dixie hitched for the first time

SHARLA WILSON on Hotshot with Joe Zambrano, the firefighter who ran the 360-mile run from Los Angeles County Fire Museum to Granite Mountain Hotshot Memorial State Park in Yarnell, Ariz. He is running to honor the 19 hotshots who lost their lives in 2013 fighting in the Yarnell Hill Fire Mules and More Magazine

MARLENE QUIRING, Panoka, AB, Canada, shared these photos from the Tindell’s Horse and Mule School Colt Starting class in Alberta, Canada

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DeKalb County (Indiana) Horsemen Assn.

The Draft Horse Club hosted more than 100 first graders, of Oak View School, along with teachers and chaperons. They participated in learning about draft horses and planting corn, along with a wagon ride. Individual groups were led around the museum where they learned about different farm related equipment and how it worked. Neil Sutton of Auburn with his mules, gave a demonstration on the magical planter. Students participated in numerous events throughout the day. The last event was a tug of war against different classes to determine an overall winner for the school. That winner went up against Sutton’s mules; the tug was close for a while, but in the end the mules prevailed. The farm/museum also held an educational learning experience for Judy and Bob Miller’s class from Butler. Club members attended two events at Salmon Farm with 10 teams consisting of draft horses, mules and ponies for the Draft Horses 101 class. Club members supplied teams for the Historic Auburn Tour for wagon rides, and for transporting flags for a dedication service from downtown Auburn to the church dedication site. Members supplied teams to transport Sacred Heart residents to an ice cream social with over 70 residents and club members taking part. Clayton Hursh, Sr. was given his final ride with the caisson being pulled by his Haflingers. Clayton passed away June 20, with services held June 25. Upcoming events include the SDI picnic at Kruse Museum; Red Cedar ride with one wagon and team; August 11 will be the Butler parade, this being a late evening parade; August 16-18 is the Maumee Valley Show.

North Idaho Saddle Mule Club

Tom Fairbank was the host of the Spring Tune-Up Ride at Deer Creek in Valley, Wash. Those attending had a great ride, the bugs left them alone, there were no wrecks or missing mules, all and all it was a good day with 10 riders and three wagon riders.

Jenny and Joe Urness (pictured above) of Ninemile Falls, WA were sponsors for a Ty Evans clinic at Four Mounds Bison Ranch, May 30-June 2. Attendance was wide spread with people in attendance from Montana, southern Idaho and the coast, central and southern Washington, along with several club members. Joe has agreed to schedule another clinic with Ty for 2019. President Joe Urness began the May meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance with 21 members attending. John Hays, Medical Lake, Wash. reported on the Klamath Falls, OR 31st Annual Horse Packing and Wilderness Skills Expo, May 4-6. John, Robert Eversol and Ed Haefliger answered many questions helping riders to get out and enjoy the trails, plus conducted specialized clinics throughout the event. During the Saturday evening banquet, attended by 300 plus people, John was presented with the Black Jacket award from HDTRBCH President Betty Applebaker. Bruce Foreman reported on Ride to Rendezvous, Winthrop, WA. Bruce helped move camp every day for the ride portion. Bob and Joanne Graham, along with family members, attended the weekend festivities. Bruce also reported they are still waiting on a decision from the Forest Service on the restructuring of Gypsy Meadows. NISMC had a smaller than normal turn-out for Reardan Mule Days and Parade this year.

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Ruth Reynolds, Tennessee, and her mule at David Borntreger's mulemanship clinic in June at High Knob Campground 46 • August 2018

President Kirby Ingram, Sumter, SC reported at the last board meeting that the members talked about several ideas for club events, and the club will work on putting them together. Keep a look out for updates. If anyone has an idea or would like to host an event, please let them know. Shannon Hoffman, Zebulon, NC has been chosen as the judge for the South Carolina State Fair Mule and Donkey Show. Mules and More Magazine

Show Results – Dixon Saddle Club Mule Show, Dixon, Mo

KELLI LIVENGOOD and Copyright’s Chantilly Lace

Open Halter 1 Copyright’s Chantilly Lace, Kelli Livengood-Beck, Bolckow, MO; 2 Twisted Sister, Marsha Coleman, Fulton, MO; 3 Betty, Cole Basham, Bland, MO Showmanship 1 Twisted Sister; 2 Copyright’s Chantilly Lace; 3 Rose, Brooke Sinclair, Dixon Ride-A-Buck 1 April, Loren Basham, Pair-A-Dice Mules, Belle, MO; 2 Betty;

3 Twisted Sister Lead-Line 1 Gizmo, Wyatt Wells, Lucky W Farm, Glasgow, MO Walk-Trot 1 Copyright’s Chantilly Lace; 2 Twisted Sister; 3 Bonnie, Brianna DeMoss, Bland Youth Western Pleasure 1 Frannie, Faith Bohrer, Waynesville, MO Gaited Pleasure 1 Nellie, Ronnie Vernon, Eldon, MO; 2 Ivy, Dave Recker, Columbia, MO; 3 1st Choice Ruby, Jim Livengood, Dixon Western Pleasure (15 & older) 1 Twisted Sister; 2nd Princess, Loren Basham, Pair-A-Dice Mules; 3rd Copyright’s Chantilly Lace Youth Poles 1 Frannie Adult Poles 1 Betty (28.957); 2 Pacos Bill, Cindi Slemp, Sturgeon, MO (31.001); 3 Sir Charlie Bigalow, Ed Slemp, Stugeon (33.575) Thru-the-Barrel 1 Kate, Doug Baumgartner, Belle; Booger, Abigail Spurgeon, Dixon; 3 Booger, Dustin Armistead, Dixon Hide Drag 1 Copyright’s Chantilly Lace Pantyhose Race 1 Sir Charlie Bigalow; 2 1st Choice Stinger, Suzi Livengood, Dixon; 3 Copyright’s Chantilly Lace Keyhole Race 1 Sir Charlie Bigalow (11.298); 2 Twisted Sister (13.055); 3 BB, Brianna DeMoss, Cole Basham (13.540) Scramble Race 1 Twisted Sister; 2 Pacos Bill; 3 Copyright’s Chantilly Lace Youth Barrels 1 April, Camri Jones, Bland, Pair-A-Dice Mules; 2 Frannie Adult Barrels 1 Sir Charlie Bigalow (18.141); 2 Pacos Bill (18.148); 3 BB, Brianna DeMoss (19.046) Flag Race 1 Sir Charlie Bigalow; 2 1st Choice Stinger; 3 Kate Egg & Spoon 1 Twisted Sister; 2nd Copyright’s Chantilly Lace; 3rd Rose High Point Mule – Twisted Sister; Reserve Copyright’s Chantilly Lace

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WYATT WELLS on Gizmo, first place in lead-line, with Wyatt’s father WESLEY

WYATT WELLS giving some last minute show advice to COLE BASHAM on Betty at the Dixon Saddle Club Mule Show (photo by Wyatt’s mother BRANDY WELLS)

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Calendar of Events...

Aug 5-6 – Wisconsin State Fair Miniature Donkey, Mule & Donkey Show, West Allis, Wisc. 414/266-7000 Aug 9-11 – Ty Evans Mulemanship Clinic, Mt. Pleasant, Utah (see pg 2) Aug 10 – Missouri State Fair Miniature, Draft & Saddle Mule Show, Sedalia, Mo. 1-800-422-3247 Aug 10-12 – Carolina Mule Assoc. Ride, Pisgah National Forest 828/208-0147 Aug 10-12 – The Southwestern Donkey & Mule Classic, Belton, TX 817/781-2490 August 10-12 – Alberta Longears Days, Olds, AB, Canada Aug 11 – Draft, Miniature Hitches & Saddle Mule Classes, Missouri State Fair, Sedalia, MO 1-800-422-3247 Aug 11 – Threshermen Plowing, Altamont, IL 217/821-5930 Aug 12 – Jacks, Jennets & Miniature Donkey Classes, Missouri State Fair, Sedalia, MO 1-800-422-3247 Aug 15-18 – Ty Evans Mulemanship Clinic, Mt Pleasant, UT (see pg 2) Aug 18 – Lathrop, Mo. Mule Show 816/528-3511 Aug 18 – Threshermens Plowing, Pickneyville, Ill. 217/8215930 Aug 23 – North Idaho Saddle Mule Club meeting 208/2634156 Aug 23-25 – Ty Evans Mulemanship Clinic, Burlington, WA (see ad pg 2) Aug 25 – I.D.M.S. Show & Futuritiy, Centerville, IA (see ad pg 20) Aug 30- Sept 1 – Ty Evans Mulemanship Clinic, Beavercreek, OR (see pg 2) Aug 20-Sept 2 – 33rd Annual National Championship Chuckwagon Race, Clinton, AR (see ad pg 21) Aug 31 – Special Draft Horse & Mule Sale, South Hutchinson, Kans. (620) 200-7971 Aug 31-Sept 1-2 – Ozark Mule Days, Springfield, MO (see ad pg 9) Sept 1-2 – Plowing, Belleville, IL 217/821-5930 Sept 5-8 – Boone County Draft Horse & Mule Sale, Sedalia, MO (see ad pg 20) Sept 6-9 – Missouri River Valley Steam Show, Boonville, MO 573/442-8417 Sept 7-9 – Carolina Mule Assoc. Trail Ride, South Mountains, NC State Park, Connelly Springs, NC 919/754-7568 Sept 7-9 – Hell’s Canyon Mule Days, Enterprise, OR (see ad pg 7) Sept 8 – Threshermen Plowing, Highland, IL 217/821-5930 Sept 8-9 – 25th Annual Mule & Donkey Show, Sutton, WV (see ad pg 29) 48 • August 2018

Sept 13-15 – Ty Evans Mulemanship Clinic, Basin, WY (see ad pg 2) Sept 14-16 – 33rd Annual Clark County Mule Festival, Kahoka, Mo. (see ad pg 24) Sept 20-22 – Ty Evans Mulemanship Clinic, Arkdale, WI (see ad pg 2 Sept 20-23 - 2nd Annual Bearcreek Bash Chuckwagon Races, Lowndes, MO (see ad pg 25) Sept 21-22 – Hall’s Mule, Wagon, Equipment & Old West Auction, Comanche, TX (see ad pg 20) Sept 21-22 – Benson, NC Mule Days Sept 21-24 – Midwest Mule Fest, Tuscumbia, MO 660//2811592 Sept 26-29 – Ty Evans Mulemanship Clinic, Fort Valley, VA (see pg 2 Sept 27 – North Idaho Saddle Mule Club meeting 208/2634156 Sept 28-29 – Baumli Semi-Annual Draft Horse & Mule Sale, Maryville, MO (see ad pg 29) Sept 28-30 – Carolina Mule Assoc. Trail Ride, Livingston, KY 606/308-5900 Oct 4-6 – Ty Evans Mulemanship Clinic, Hopkins, MI (see ad pg 2) Oct 5-7 - Harrison Mule Days, MD 301/674-3187 Oct 5-7 Carolina Mule Assoc. Trail Ride, Mountain Rest, SC 877/444-6777 Oct 8-13 – Midwest Mule Trainers Challenge, West Plains, MO (see ad pg 17) Oct 11-13 – Ty Evans Mulemanship Clinic, Farmington, Iowa (see pg 2) Oct 13 – 30th Annual Pea Ridge Mule Jump, Pea Ridge, Ark (see ad pg 29) Oct 18-20 – Ty Evans Mulemanship Clinic, Uniontown, KS (see pg 2) Oct 19-21 – The Mane Event, Chilliwack, AB, Canada Oct 19-20 – South Carolina State Fair Donkey & Mule Show, Columbia, SC (see ad pg 24) Oct 19-21 Carolina Mule Assn. Trail Ride/Board Meeting, Troy, NC 336/302-6853 Oct 20 – Canadian Donkey/Mule Assn. Annual General Meeting, Airdrie, AB, Canada Oct 25 – Ty Evans Mulemanship Clinic, Killeen, TX (see pg 2) Oct 25 – North Idaho Saddle Mule Club meeting 208/2634156 Oct 26-28 – 6th Annual Donkey Welfare Symposium, UC Davis, Calif. (see ad pg 11) Mules and More Magazine

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Very Berry Cake (from Jill Hodges)

Cooks Corral

by Luann Sewell Waters, Wynnewood, Okla.

The Dutch oven is a versatile piece of equipment. With the lid on, it becomes an oven. Food can be baked, braised, stewed or roasted. Without the lid, the oven becomes a kettle for boiling, deep-fat frying or heating food quickly over an open fire. The lid can be used as a griddle. If you are using a wood fire, it is easy to burn food in the oven by using too much heat underneath. Wood ¼ to ½ inches in diameter can create heat, but the oven must be fed regularly. Try to use hardwood. It is a good idea to build your fire near the Dutch oven and feed the oven from that rather than putting the oven in the fire. Some people use a piece of sheet metal about 3’ square to build the fire on, and the oven can be place on that also. In high wind or rain the oven can be shielded by setting it down on a piece of foil which is large enough to come up completely around and over the top of the oven and have enough left for a double fold with the two ends together.

Breakfast Lasagna

(from Kelley Browning, Kingston, Okla.)

1/2 lb. bacon, cooked & crumbled 1/2 lb. ham, cooked & chopped (May use only one of meats, if so, have 1 lb., or can substitute cooked and crumbled sausage) 1/2 c. green onion, chopped 1/2 to 1 stick butter salt & pepper, to taste 6-8 c. milk (may use less, if like thicker ‘gravy’, or can also adjust amount of flour…after doing this recipe several times, I have found more sauce is better, so may want to double this to have extra moisture for the noodles) noodles (lasagna pasta) 6-12 boiled eggs, shelled & chopped 2 c. shredded Swiss cheese 1 c. cheddar cheese, grated or shredded 1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese 2 Tbsp. parsley 2/3 c. flour (see milk note) Sauté onion in butter; add flour, then milk for gravy base. Layer in 9x13 baking pan or 12” Dutch oven: Sauce, noodles, meats and eggs, Swiss and cheddar cheese. Repeat layers. Top with sauce, cheddar, Parmesan and sprinkle with parsley. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. 50 • August 2018

1 pt. strawberries, sliced 1/2 pt. each blackberries and raspberries 2-1/2 c. sugar 1 c. butter 4 eggs 1 c. buttermilk 2 c. flour 1/4 tsp. baking soda 2 tsp. vanilla 1/4 tsp. salt In bowl, cream together butter and sugar; add 2 eggs at a time and beat well. Add ½ c. buttermilk and blend until creamy. In another bowl, stir flour, salt, baking soda with ½ c. buttermilk and vanilla. Blend flour into sugar and egg mixture and mix well. Grease and flour a 12” Dutch oven (or line with parchment paper), pour in batter. Sprinkle berries into batter. Cook at 350 degrees, 60-65 minutes. Add coals as needed, usually after 30 minutes, to maintain heat.

Zippy Zucchini Casserole

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil 4 med. zucchini, thinly sliced 1 med. onion, chopped or 1 Tbsp. dried onion 1 (16) oz. can whole kernel corn, drained 1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chilies 2 tsp. seeded chopped jalapeno peppers 1/8 tsp. garlic powder ½ c. (2 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese Heat oil in Dutch oven; add zucchini and onion, sauté 10 minutes, or until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients, except cheese. Cook, stirring occasionally until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat, stir in cheese. Yield: 6 servings. Double or triple recipe for large group.

Cherokee Indian Pudding

(From All Tribes Community Church, Kearney, Neb.)

2 med. size sweet potatoes 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 3 eggs Pinch of salt 1-1/4 c. brown sugar 3 Tbsp. butter 1/8 tsp. cinnamon Buttered bread crumbs Wash and peel potatoes, then grate coarsely. Beat eggs lightly and mix into potatoes. Add sugar, seasonings and butter. Turn into buttered baking dish (can put direct into parchment paper-lined Dutch oven, or in a dish and then into oven). Sprinkle with buttered bread crumbs. Bake in 350 degree oven 30 minutes. Mules and More Magazine

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